Kinect-enabled virtual fitting room sweeps the world

Zugara’s WSS for Kiosks Virtual Dressing Room Tech in Panama
Zugara’s WSS for Kiosks Virtual Dressing Room Tech in Panama

We thought it was pretty big news when Zugara’s Virtual Dressing Room technology dazzled fans at Major League Baseball’s 2015 All-Star Game. Now the Kinect-powered application, which allows users to digitally try on new apparel, is popping up around the world—from Central America to the Far East to Red Square. It seems that Virtual Dressing…


Kinect gaming with a mission

Walking through the grocery store, you spy a bag of potato chips on the shelf. They’re your favorite—sea salt and vinegar—and they’re on special! Without breaking stride, you snag a bag from the display and continue on your way, hopefully in search of a more nutritious food choice. Easy for most of us, but not…


Comic artistry, with a wave of your hand

Not everyone can easily recreate a popular comic strip character—unless they have the Kinect-powered application that was a hit at the show at We Do BD Festival, a celebration of digital and print comics that captivated Paris in mid-October. Created by Vincent Guigui, a Microsoft Emerging Experiences MVP (Most Valuable Professional), the app allowed festival…


Trick or treat with Kinect

In a 1930 jazz classic, singer Lee Morse advised that “t’aint no sin to take off your skin and dance around in your bones.” Well, this past Halloween, Microsoft software engineer Snorri Gislason let the neighborhood kids do just that—in a graveyard scene, no less—with some help from Kinect for Windows, the free personal edition…


Kinect-powered rehab system gets FDA clearance

Back in June, we featured a story about Reflexion Health and its innovative application that uses Kinect for Windows to help physical therapy patients. As we described at that time, the application, called Vera, was being tested at five medical centers. Now we are pleased to report that Reflexion Health has received 510(k) clearance from…


Kinect makes programming robotic arm a cinch

What might you do with a robotic arm? Well, if you’re part of the maker community, the possibilities are almost endless. Hook it up to an Arduino or Raspberry Pi controller, and you’ll have a companion that can paint, sort objects, play games, and generally amaze your friends and relatives. All you need is a…


Vitruvius simplifies development of Kinect for Windows apps

Many of the posts in this blog demonstrate how the latest Kinect sensor and software development kit (SDK 2.0) comprise a powerful platform that you can use for developing interactive experiences—but as any developer knows, creating great apps requires hard work, no matter how potent the platform is. Anything that eases that workload should come…


Kinect interactive display invites charitable support

We’ve seen Kinect for Windows used in some amazing applications, from educational games to physical therapy to interactive shopping, but none has packed greater emotional appeal than the interactive display that debuted in Bristol, England, this autumn. The result of volunteer efforts by Andrew Spooner and Mike Taulty, both of Microsoft UK, the display uses…


Can Kinect replace the white cane?

Technology has offered tantalizing prospects to replace the white cane—the traditional low-tech accessory that people who are blind use to detect obstacles in their path. Researchers have experimented with systems based on sonar and on lasers, and while some of these have shown promise, they all require highly specialized and often costly hardware. Now, a…


Gesture control in Unity via Kinect for Windows

Are you developing a Unity app and wish you could easily add gesture control? Well, just like Glinda from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Kristina Rothe can grant you your wish. However, Kristina, a game development evangelist at Microsoft Germany, uses a video camera instead of a wand, and her magic lies in this detailed…